COREY TAYLOR Says THE BEATLES' New Documentary 'Get Back' Is 'One Of The Most Fascinating Things' He Has Ever Seen
December 18, 2021
SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor has praised director and producer Peter Jackson's "The Beatles: Get Back" documentary, calling it "one of the most fascinating things" he has ever seen.
The three-episode, nearly eight-hour documentary features the four members of THE BEATLES — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — crafting what was to become their final album. (THE BEATLES recorded "Let It Be" before "Abbey Road" but released the latter first.) It also includes the band's iconic final performance on a rooftop in London.
Taylor, who released his first solo album last year, discussed "Get Back" in a recent interview with HardDrive Radio's Lou Brutus. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I watched the first episode and then, obviously, life kind of pulled me away.
"It is one of the most fascinating things I've ever seen. 'Cause it challenges everything we thought we knew about them, especially that period. But at the same time, it reinforces what we thought we knew. To me, it's cool watching their dynamic knowing that they'd been together since they were teenagers in one form or another. They'd been playing together since… I think it was — what? — 1956 when they all started kind of jamming together. And to watch that all kind of unfold and to see…
"Being in a band with people for multiple years, I understand how a dynamic works, so I can watch that with a certain savvy about how that plays out dynamic-wise, emotionally," Taylor added. "Knowing that, especially from George's point of view, who's such a great writer, but then you get in a circle, and you've got John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it's, like, where do you fit? So, watching him fight with that and try to kind of find his voice and find out who fits in with that whole thing, it's fascinating. And knowing how that feels, especially in SLIPKNOT — not so much in STONE SOUR, but in SLIPKNOT — I could relate to that in so many different ways. And then watching them get stoked when something would pop. Especially watching Paul figure out 'Get Back' and watching that happen was so cool, dude. Because I've done it — I've sat there and just twisted on a riff until the melody line comes to mind, and just playing it and exhausting every avenue. If you wanna know how to write a song, there's your blueprint right there. It's just that easy."
Culled and restored from 60 hours of studio sessions and the aforementioned rooftop concert, "Get Back" has been praised for finally allowing us to experience what it felt like to be in the studio with the Fab Four. Some of the original footage appeared in a much more condensed form in director Michael Lindsay-Hogg's 1970 documentary "Let It Be", which was briefly available on home video in the 1980s, but never since. THE BEATLES drummer Ringo Starr was particularly unhappy with how that film came out, saying "there was no joy and no laughter" in it.